The Black Meadow Barn is located in Warwick, New York. Its history goes back 150 years. Originally, the barn housed heifers as part of a larger farm. During Prohibition, bootleggers hid moonshine in the barn amongst the heifers.
Today, Black Meadow Barn is a micro farm growing black currants and various produce. The other life of the Barn is as a place where artists, local community and New York City dwellers come to eat, talk, barnstorm and brainstorm. The first event of the “Conversation Series” was held in the Fall of 2009.
The Barn itself sits on five acres of land, less than 20 feet from the Black Meadow Creek. The land holds a variety of mushrooms and fauna as well as a biodiverse water system.
Black Meadow Creek, a tributary of the Moodna Creek onward to the Hudson River, is one of New York State’s most biodiverse natural areas. Home to 13 species of Salamander as well as to New York’s largest population of the Northern Cricket Frog (Acris c. crepitans), the state’s only listed “Endangered” frog species, it’s considered by biologists as one of the state’s herpetological “hot spots”. The Black Meadow Creek has several confirmed Bald Eagle nests along its length.
Roughly 1/2 of the creek’s length runs through a reservoir preserve owned by Orange County, NY, this preserve status is credited with maintaining the upper creek’s floodplain in its natural state for over one century.
The Black Meadow Creek begins in Warwick, near Glenmere lake and continues into Chester before converging with the Otter Kill in the village of Chester. Studies of the Creek and its watershed are conducted by the nonprofit Sugar Loaf Historical Society and the nonprofit Glenmere Conservation Coalition, which maintain a small launch and study area on the creek.
The creek was named for the expansive, dark, forested swamp that settlers found along its flood plain, most of which was transformed into agricultural area by the mid 19th century. Its floodplain hosts the Black Meadow Hunting Club, the Straub Farm and the Chester Industrial Park at its confluence with the Otterkill.
(Information about Black Meadow Creek supplied by wikipedia.org)